Abbeville Mother Upset With Inappropriate Content In 9-Year-Old Son’s 4th Grade Curriculum
Most mothers wouldn’t find it easy having to explain what a “pimp” is to their 9-year-old child, but Abbeville mother Brittney Badeaux is currently facing that challenge due to content included in her 4th grade son’s curriculum that she feels is inappropriate.
Badeaux’s 9-year-old son attends Eaton Park, and she describes him as “a great kid with a huge heart” who is “thirsty for knowledge.” She believes in teaching morals and respect to help build a great future for her son, so when she saw rapper Twista’s 1996 hit song with Do or Die titled “Po’ Pimp” referenced on his school work (photo above), to say she was concerned would be an understatement.
The reference to ‘Po Pimp’wasn’t the first thing that caused Badeaux to raise her brow when it came to the content in her son’s curriculum. On another occasion her son’s homework described machine guns, their function and how they worked.
She understands that parents and others may have different feelings and disagree with what she thinks is inappropriate, but doesn’t believe she should have to explain this to her son at such a young age.
My son doesn’t know what pimps and mobsters are!
The content she finds questionable is not supplied on a local level by Eaton Park, but instead a national curriculum provider. KPEL 96.5 caught up with Vermilion Parish School Superintendent Jerome Puyau who said the worksheet is in accordance with the Common Core standards adopted by the State of Louisiana.
Part of the Common Core is what they call ‘real-world text,’” Puyau explained. “What are our students reading? Are these students going to see this on the shelves in our department stores?” he continued. “And the answer is yes. If you search it, the first thing that comes up is the actual song (“Po Pimp”). This is real-world.
For what it’s worth, Badeaux says she has received support from numerous people including the teacher and the school as she plans to fight this battle until something is done about this content that she feels is downright inappropriate for her hard working 4th grade honor roll student.
Listen to my interview with Brittany Badeaux as she shares her story.
In case you’re unfamiliar with the song ‘Po Pimp,’ or the artists Do or Die and Twista, check out the video for the 1996 single at the center of this issue below and tell us how you feel about this type of ‘real-world’ content being inside of a 4th grade classroom via the comment section below.